12 July 2015

Request for submissions. Please submit before 20 August 2015!

Friends and fellow poets,

I'm looking for poems that talk about killings, political killings specifically (or looked at in another way, gratuitous). I have provided five links which I hope contain enough information to spark a poem or poems. If you already have poems dealing with this aberration, I'll take them, published or not. Any poems you might have already written that show how insane (political) killings are.

My father was on a hit list in 1981, they came for him but missed him. Instead they got my nephew, my sister's son. And my older brother, Khotsofalang, whose name means 'Be satisfied' (my own name, Rethabile, means 'we are happy') had already been killed just before that attack.

This is a difficult thing to ask, I know, but if it works out, I would like to have a pamphlet (or a book) of poems that exposes political killings in their generality. Or any wanton killings for that matter. A publisher is waiting by. We in Lesotho need to talk about this and poets and poetry are a non-political means of getting to things.

I understand that it may not be possible. but for the sake what is at stake, I had to ask.Thank you.

And one last request: do not hesitate to pass this message on.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCh40UPZqG8
Link1: http://www.enca.com/africa/lesotho-edge-after-killing-its-former-army-commander
Link2: http://mg.co.za/article/2015-06-29-killing-of-former-lesotho-army-chief-deepens-instability
Link3: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/29/us-lesotho-security-usa-idUSKCN0P911020150629
Link4: http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/memorial-service-planned-for-mahao-1.1879080#.VZVb3_nR-M8
Link 5: http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-06-25-still-restless-lesotho-former-defence-force-chief-mahao-injured-in-shooting
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